It's bound to happen to any reporter, especially with tight deadlines in a rush to be the first with new Miami Heat content, but Miami Herald reporter Linda Robertson's article about the Heat's game against the CSKA Moscow was already published when it was learned that she was tricked by two Miami natives who thought it would be fun to dress up as supporters of the visiting team. As reported by Deadspin:
The relevant section from Linda Robertson's column (and the Google cache, for when it inevitably gets fixed):I'm just waiting for the day this happens to me. That will be fun.While driving to AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday, brothers Pavel and Yuri Kopeche listened to Russian rap music to get into the mood for the Heat's game against CSKA Moscow. The rapper, Don Zagru, is known for satirizing the state of Russian society and wearing LeBron James jerseys. We know that King James has worldwide appeal. Here was confirmation that LeBronsky is the ultimate symbol of cool in cool-hungry Moscow. Somewhere, basketball salesman David Stern is smiling. "The NBA is the new vodka in Russia,'' said Yuri Kopeche, a Russian native who has lived in Miami for five years. "People cannot get enough basketball. If you're wearing a LeBron James shirt or a Knicks or Lakers cap, people know you are Americanized. "Of course, Russia is usually about five years behind the United States. Britney Spears is very popular right now.''Of course, Pavel and Yuri Kopeche don't exist. They're a couple of born-and-raised South Floridians, who thought it would be fun to dress the part, paint their faces and cheer for CSKA all night. Getting approached by a reporter from the Herald (and a Moscow TV station) was just an added bonus.